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Definition of switch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    switch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//swɪtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɪtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they switch
    BrE BrE//swɪtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɪtʃ//
     
    he / she / it switches
    BrE BrE//ˈswɪtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪtʃɪz//
     
    past simple switched
    BrE BrE//swɪtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɪtʃt//
     
    past participle switched
    BrE BrE//swɪtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɪtʃt//
     
    -ing form switching
    BrE BrE//ˈswɪtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪtʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to change or make something change from one thing to another switch (over) (from something) (to something) We're in the process of switching over to a new system of invoicing. switch between A and B Press these two keys to switch between documents on screen. switch something (over) (from something) (to something) The meeting has been switched to next week. When did you switch jobs?
  2. 2[transitive] to exchange one thing for another synonym swap switch something The dates of the last two exams have been switched. switch something over/around/round I see you've switched the furniture around (= changed its position). switch something with something Do you think she'll notice if I switch my glass with hers?
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to do somebody else’s job for a short time or work during different hours so that they can do your job or work during your usual hours synonym swap switch (with somebody) I can't work next weekend—will you switch with me? switch something (with somebody) Have you been able to switch your shift with anyone? switch (something) (over/around/round) Can we switch our shifts around?
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent. (denoting a thin tapering riding whip): probably from Low German.Extra examples He decided to switch tactics. He switched his allegiance from the British to the French. My mind suddenly switched back to my conversation with Jeremy. The remote control allows you to switch easily between TV channels. We asked them if they would switch places with us. Do you think she’ll notice if I switch my glass with hers? I see you’ve switched the furniture around. We’re in the process of switching over to a new system of invoicing. Phrasal Verbsswitch offswitch offswitch over
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